Shavar Jeffries of Newark has an event scheduled later this month in which he promises a special announcement.
The Seton Hall University law professor and former assistant attorney general and counsel is planning a run for mayor.
His kickoff event is set for May 21st at the Newark Boys and Girls Club.
Hakeem Jeffries is a freshman congressman from Brooklyn seen by Democratic Party leaders as a promising black politician with appeal across ethnic lines. Shavar Jeffries, a Seton Hall University law professor, is trying to cut a similar image as he begins a campaign to succeed Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
The two men hope to be at the front of a new generation of African-American leadership, but they share a common link to a contentious figure from the past: former City University of New York Prof. Leonard Jeffries, whom both call their uncle, but for different reasons.